In celebration of the World Teachers’ Day and the National Teachers’ Month
Theme: Understanding the Landscape of High Performing Education Systems (HPES): Antecedence, Salience and Congruence
25-27 September 2017
Pearl Hall, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Regional Center for Innovation Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH), Quezon City, Philippines
Hosted by the Comparative Education Society of the Philippines (CESP), the University of Santo Tomas College of Education, the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (UST-RCSSED) and the University of the Philippines (UP), in cooperation with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Regional Center for Innovation Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH).
Boosting the quality of education system and achieving improved education outcomes entail a system-wide perspective and comparative international analyses that capitalize on close examination of policy structures, evidence-based practices and system and leadership accountability. The extent to which education systems perform at their level best determine the quality of student learning and learning. In recent years, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) have been used as prism through which enabling factors that shape education productivity elucidated and compared. Interestingly, variations in education systems functioning are vital compasses that help identify key drivers of change to inform policy, research and practice.
o Antecedence: Question of Priority
High Performing Schools and Schools System ensure that education expenditure is given the top priority. Such investment is evidenced by preservice teacher preparation, teacher entry requirements and qualifications, student-teacher ratio, teacher professional development, adequacy of physical infrastructure resources and material resources, equity of allocation of educational resources, intended learning time in school and after school, class size, and creative extracurricular activities in school, among others.
o Salience: Question of Importance
High Performing Schools and Schools System recognize that the only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction. The pivotal role of teachers as instructional leaders and innovators in creating a meaningful space where a unique, responsive and developmentally appropriate pedagogy operates is vital and critical to student success and learning.
o Congruence: Question of Consistency
High Performing Schools and Schools System is anchored on strong leadership philosophy and structure. By and large, the foundation of effective school improvement is leadership. As today;s schools become more complex and change-driven, the nature, process, and context of today’s leadership invite school leaders to work uniquely and creatively. Effective leadership focused on teaching, learning and people is critical to the current and future success of schools. High-performing principals focus more on instructional leadership and the development of teachers.